Exercises for Seniors to Enhance Heart Health
Exercising is an important component of heart health for people of all ages, but for seniors specifically, it can help them retain some independence as well as help them to live longer. Here are some exercises for seniors based on their mobility:
- Walking, if possible, is a great way to get your heart pumping!
- Seated Bicep Curls – Sit in a chair with your hips back, your core tight and your back against the back of the chair. While using a set of dumbbells or a resistance band, start with your arms down and elbows tucked in, then curl your arms up toward your shoulders, and lower them to the original position. This builds strength and flexibility in your arms.
- Seated Side Stretch – Sit toward the edge of the chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor. With one hand, grab the seat for stability, then raise the other hand up toward the ceiling in a curved position. Slowly bend in the direction of the extended arm, hold for 10–20 seconds, then return to a straight position before repeating with the other arm.
- Dancing – Get moving to your favorite songs, groove to the beat on your feet or in your seat!
- Get in the water – If available to you, go for a swim, do water aerobics, or walk in the pool. It’s refreshing and much easier on your joints.
The bottom line is, move as much as you can. The more activity in your days the better your heart, your mind and your body will feel.